Nissan Institute delivers 146 pairs of glasses in Resende
October 10, 2017
The visual correction action celebrates World Sight Day
The world seen by children is lighter and more colorful. But it is not always as clear. However, for some students in the Resende public school network, this will no longer be a problem. Nissan Institute, the social arm of the Japanese auto maker in southern Rio de Janeiro state, delivered 146 pairs of glasses to students in Maria de Assis Barboza and Bairro Vicentino schools. The action is part of the program “How Do You See the World?” in partnership with Essilor/Instituto Ver e Viver (See and Live Institute), and celebrates World Sight Day, commemorated on Thursday, October 12.
The delivery of glasses is the third phase of the project, whose objective is to act with children and youngsters from schools, NGOs or poor communities. The selected students from both public schools were screened among 464 people between August 15 and 18. The procedure covered visual acuity tests, and all who attended were given orientation on the importance of maintaining good eyesight.
Of all students attended during the selection process, 281 were selected for medical appointments, which occurred on September 13, 14 and 15. After the medical exams, those who needed glasses were given the option of choosing a frame.
How Do You See the World?
The program was born of statistical data related to education and safe driving. According to a MEC research in 2014, 22.9% of infantile evasion from schools in Brazil occurs because of lack of visual correction. Data from the Vision Impact Institute show that 80% of what children learn in infancy is information obtained through eyesight and 59% of global traffic accidents are related to lack of visual correction.
Since 2015, the partnership between Nissan Institute and Essilor/Instituto Ver e Viver (See and Live Institute) has impacted the lives of 31,000 people, who have had access to visual health and could detect whether there was a need for correction. Of these, 22,000 received their glasses and improved their lives through better vision.